Category Archives: Textual study

The Jerusalem Council

The Jerusalem council (or conference) occurred c. 50 or 51 A.D.  The reason for this meeting concerned a controversy in the church.  Did gentiles need to be circumcised and keep the law (of Moses) to be saved?  (Acts 15:1-5).  Some … Continue reading

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John’s Baptism and New Testament Baptism

Through the years, I have been asked various questions about John’s baptism.  Here are a few: (1) What was the purpose of John’s baptism?  (2) What is the difference between John’s baptism and New Testament baptism?  (3) Did those who … Continue reading

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Listen to Both Sides

“He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him” (Proverbs 18:13). “The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17). These verses are cautioning … Continue reading

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Eternity in the Heart

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from the beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  1.  Time “He has made … Continue reading

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Be Still And Know

It is easy to become myopic (nearsighted) in one’s view of life.  There are the cares and concerns of this world.  There are current events and the issues of the day.  There is the steady stream of information and news, … Continue reading

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Spiritual Growth: (#3) Motivation/Necessity

Johnny Ramsey was one of the instructors when I attended Brown Trail School of Preaching.  One of his classes was General Epistles (James – Jude).  He taught us to remember each chapter by one key point.  He provided the following … Continue reading

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Spiritual Growth: (#2) Need/Opponents

The book of 2 Peter puts a premium on knowledge.  The word knowledge appears in some form 16 times in this book. Why such an emphasis and value on knowledge?  One source provides this answer, “Just as 1 Peter warned … Continue reading

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Spiritual Growth: (#1) Ingredients

The key word in the book of 2 Peter is “knowledge.”  It appears in some form 16 times [knowledge (1:2, 1:3; 1:5; 1:6; 1:8; 2:20; 3:18); know(s) (1:12; 2:9; 3:17); knowing (1:14; 1:20; 3:3); known (1:16; 2:21 x2)].  Value is … Continue reading

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Pharoah’s Hard Heart

Pharoah’s hard heart resulted in much destruction.  It was his hard heart which brought the plagues upon Egypt.  It was his hard heart which brought about the death of his first-born son.  It was his hard heart which lead to … Continue reading

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5 Great Things: (#5) The Great Adversary

We come to the final chapter in the book of 1 Peter.  It reminds us that we have a Great Adversary, who seeks to devour us.  Let us notice 1 Peter 5:8-10. “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the … Continue reading

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